Cup loss aside, the NHL’s East still runs through Tampa Bay


              FILE - Calgary Flames left wing Johnny Gaudreau celebrates his goal on Minnesota Wild goalie Cam Talbot during the second period of an NHL hockey game April 28, 2022, in St. Paul, Minn. The Columbus Blue Jackets pulled off the improbable, landing the hottest free agent on the market in Gaudreau. He was lured to Columbus with a seven-year deal worth $9.75 million a season and the prospect of playing closer to his New Jersey home. (AP Photo/Craig Lassig, File)
            
              FILE - Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos reacts after his goal during the first period of Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals against the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday, June 26, 2022, in Tampa, Fla. Three months after falling short in a bid to become the first club in 40 years to win three straight Stanley Cup titles, the Lightning entered training eager to begin the quest to reclaim the crown they relinquished to the Colorado Avalanche last season. (AP Photo/Phelan Ebenhack, File)
            
              Detroit Red Wings center Dylan Larkin (71) skates with the puck as Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) defends during the second period of a preseason NHL hockey game Monday, Oct. 3, 2022, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
            
              FILE - Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper speaks during an NHL hockey media day before Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals Tuesday, June 14, 2022, in Denver. Three months after falling short in a bid to become the first club in 40 years to win three straight Stanley Cup titles, the Lightning entered training eager to begin the quest to reclaim the crown they relinquished to the Colorado Avalanche last season.(AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
Cup loss aside, the NHL’s East still runs through Tampa Bay